Western Europe

London Food Tour: Learning All About the British Cuisine

Ella Delivering the London Food Tour

A friend once asked me what my favorite cuisine was. Without hesitation, I answered “British.” “That’s not a real cuisine,” he said. I beg to differ. England certainly has its own dishes, and a London food tour is the perfect way to learn about them. I won’t bother listing out every dish in the British cuisine. They’re already listed on …

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Discovering the Musicals of London’s West End

Wicked Stage at the Apollo Theater in London's West End

What are the attractions you first think of when London is mentioned? Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the London Eye are probably some of the first. The truth is that London is simply massive, and there are thousands of things to do, many of which are too often overlooked. The musicals in the West End were like that …

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My Failed Attempt to Hike the 96-Mile West Highland Way

Skye Class on the West Highland Way

Hiking the West Highland Way has been on my bucket list since I first learned about it in 2015. I had a failed attempt to hike the Way in 2016, and I’m sad to say I have another failure to add to the list this year. So what went wrong? First of all, let me just say that I should …

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12 of My Favorite Activities in Rotterdam – A Better City Than Amsterdam

Erasmus Bridge Rotterdam

Most tourists flock to Amsterdam when they go to the Netherlands. If only they knew how many great activities there are in Rotterdam. Since my first visit to Rotterdam with Traverse earlier this year, I’ve returned four times, and I’d love to actually live there for a few months someday. Amsterdam might have a red light district, Anne Frank’s House …

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Hostel ROOM: The Best Place to Stay in Rotterdam for a Weekend Break

Hostel ROOM Common Room

When I was first looking for where to stay in Rotterdam, I ended up Couchsurfing. Then I found Hostel ROOM. After nearly four years on the road traveling the world, I have very few reservations about staying in a hostel. Others aren’t always as open to the idea of these shared accommodations. For those, Hostel ROOM is the perfect place …

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